Baccarat Glossary

Upcard, Tie Bets - Terms to know to play like a pro.



A

Action

The total amount wagered by a player during a baccarat session.

 



B

Baccarat

Pronounced bah-kuh-rah, a gambling card game, the goal of which is to win by holding two or three cards totaling closest to nine in total.

Banco

Called out when a player decides to bet his entire bankroll. Also means the banker (e.g. dealer).

Banker

One of the three common bets available in a standard baccarat table with a payout of 1:1 minus the banker's commission. An equivocal term, the term can also refer to the actual dealer/croupier in charge of the game.

Banker/Player Bet

Wagering on either the player or the dealer active on the table.

Bankroll

The total amount of wager money a player brings to the table.

Burn

Discarding a number of cards in the dealing shoe's beginning.

Burned Card

A special card which is discarded before the cards are dealt. "Carte Brûlée" in French.



C

Carte

Term used to request a card from the dealer ("card" in French).

Chemin de fer

A French casino card game from which Baccarat originated. Still played today as a variation of Baccarat.

Commission

A 5% charge on winning bank bets (also known as "Vigorish").

Coup

A single round of baccarat consisting of hands both from the players and the dealer.

Cut Card

A plastic card used to cut between the different decks of cards.



D

Dealing Shoe

Compartment harboring the decks of cards from which they are dealt. Called "sabot" in French.

Downcard

A face down card.



F

Face Cards

Jack, Queen or King of any suit.

Fade

A bet in opposition to the bank (also dubbed Loss bet).



H

Hand

The set of cards dealt both to the players and dealer.

High Roller

A player who places high wagers.

House Advantage

A casino levy collected at the end of every baccarat game from the share of all players, usually not exceeding the five percent.



L

Le Grande

Baccarat's best hand, a hand dealt as a natural with the value of 9.

La Petite

Baccarat's second best hand, a hand dealt as a natural with the value of 8.



M

Mini-Baccarat

A game with similar rules to Baccarat, only with fewer players and dealers. Mini-Baccarat is not as popular at online casinos.



N

Natural

Term relating to a good hand dealt to the player, be it La Petite or La Grande.



P

Player Bet

One of baccarat's three bets with a payout of 8:1 and a house advantage just below 15%.

Punto

The baccarat player ("point" in Italian), also used for the bet option (see above).



Q

Punto Banco

Another name for Baccarat.



S

Stand

Holding to one's position without drawing additional cards.

Standoff

A tie between the player and the banker.



T

Tie Bet

A bet on a standoff (see above) with a payout of 8:1 and house advantage of almost 15%.



U

Upcard

A face up card.

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